October 11, 2015

3D trail- 35 miles

    Mark & Barb, Elmer & Henrietta, Mike & Janna, Larry & Geri, Ari & Sue plus Doyle & Karen. We headed out from Mills canyon road going north/west, we ended up on the 3D trail, seeing some unusual sights, like the grey soil of the Mancos Shale formation, Wingate Sandstone rimmed cliffs, red and white layers of Entrada Sandstone and Book Cliffs, hence the 3D name.

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One place was  a Outstanding  overlook, we were looking down in to a large canyon and sandstone cliffs. One of our party went around a bush and found a dinosaur track in the hard sandstone ledge. The soil had eroded underneath it and looked like a table top.

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We crossed over a large slick rock, with a ravine then a steep hill to climb.  We explored the canyon, it was a dead end, but found a interesting round about at the end!!

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We came out on the Bartlet wash road and made our way SE, on the MM trail.(Merrimac and Monitor Butte Trail)  While we were regrouping a jeep came down the trail looking for Tusher Tunnel, we rode off and came to our beloved Determination Towers. We all took photos of this incredible pillars of red sandstone standing against the wind and weather. We then took the long way around to find the Mill Canyon Road. We by passed Tusher Tunnel since we have toured it many times before, but it is well worth your time to stop in and walk into  another time! We road many sandy trails and some slickrock trails which sometimes can be hard to find the trail, so watch out for white paint stripes or tire tracks in sand.
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LOCATION>   NEAREST CITY=Moab, Ut   DIRECTIONS=North on Hwy 191, past Canyonlands turn off to Mill Canyon Road.
AREA >   TYPE OF LAND=-desert, hills , OWNER=  BLM
QUALITY >  Pro-many trail and marked / Con-none /  Length of stay-3 days in this area / Rating-stars-5 starts
TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS, hills / dunes / dust / water crossing
  TRAIL MAINTENCE -yes  / SQ. MILE AREA -thousands/  NEAR BY TRAILS- Seven Mile Rim, Tuscher Tunnel, MM, Determination Tower. 
REGULATIONS> Permit required-Utah permit
FEE>  Entry-no
KEY SERVICES> Camping / Gasoline / Diesel / First Aid /  Water /  Dump / Food=Arch View Campground, 10 mi N on Hwy 191, or in Moab.
SIDE TRIPS>Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse State Park

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